repeater Posted May 12, 2015 Share Posted May 12, 2015 Hi all, time to get started on the Spitfire GB. After waiting patiently (to no avail) for Tamiya to release a Mk. V, I've decided to make my own. The old Hasegawa kit is fine for its age, but was not released as a Mk.Vc, and the Hobbyboss Mk.Vb has a few issues. What better starting point than the Tamiya Mk.IXc? After all, the first Mk.IX's were converted from the Mk.V airframe. I'm building a Spitfire Mk.Vc Trop - I haven't decided on the scheme yet, but clearly it will be something from the Mediterranean or Pacific theatres. Suggestions/ideas are welcome. in the literal sense this build is a Tamigawa - I'll be using parts from the old Hasegawa kit to backdate the Tamiya Mk.IXc. I haven't compiled an exhaustive list yet - but there are a number of changes required to make a reasonably accurate Mk.Vc Trop: - Mk.IXc had a longer nose to accommodate the Merlin 60 series engine - Spinner and 3 blade prop (DeHavilland or Rotol)- this will depend on the scheme chosen - Fishtail exhausts - Tropical air intake filter - oil cooler arrangement (underwing) - various minor changes in the cockpit (eg. addition of headrest, IFF transmitter) - cannons? not sure - Elevators and rudder material/composition ? Research continues. Material used for this build - HGW harness - Aires Mk.IXc cockpit (apparently for a later Mk.IXc - changes will be required to backdate to Mk V) - decals/masks - TBD - Tamiya Mk.IXc kit - Hasegawa Mk.Vb Trop kit - other - TBD The biggest challenge for me will be shortening the nose. I covered this in an earlier post here: http://forum.largescalemodeller.com/topic/3691-converting-the-tamiya-spitfire-mkixc-to-mkvc-trop-feasibility/ I've decided to graft the Hasegawa nose complete with trop filter. They should matchup reasonably ok and it means that rescribing and riveting of the nose will be necessary. Hopefully it also means no issues with the exhausts, cowls, spinner and prop. Stay tuned! Cheers, Tim Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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